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Health care reform

20 GOP lawmakers co-sponsored a bill May 27, 2010 to repeal the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111-152) signed by President Obama on March 30, 2010 and to replace it with a law that would provide protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

"[It] would prevent an insurance company from denying new coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. So if you lose the health insurance because you lose your job, move, get divorced or just want to change plans, you are protected," according to a spokesman for Rep. Wally Herger (R., CA) ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Healthcare, who formally submitted the bill." (Molly K. Hooper, The Hill, 5/27/10)

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Started by Daniel Dyer. Last reply by Léa C. Park Mar 17, 2012.

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Comment by Léa C. Park on March 28, 2012 at 5:12pm

PS  Just looked at the article on Swiss plan that David Brook's referenced:

"The Swiss have an individual mandate."


So I guess that's out....

Comment by Léa C. Park on March 28, 2012 at 5:06pm

I found this conversation between David Brooks & Gail Collins in today's NYT interesting.  At the end Brooks wants to look at Swiss health care model, while Collins opts for Medicare for all.

Collins is on to something.  If the individual mandate is thrown out, that will ensure that private markets, in principle, can't deliver health care for all.

Why?

The basic problem, as I see it,  is that the private sector is driven by perfectly normal market incentives to avoid paying for care.  Avoidance is addressed  in two ways, one benign and one catastrophic: the best companies "invest" in preventative care while refusing to contract with people who have pre-existing conditions. 

The individual mandate tries to help the private sector with that last issue, but the mandate is unconstitutional (something I believe, no matter what the Court says).  So we're back where we started.

California will be an a state to watch if the Affordable Care Act is struck down, or crippled.  It's large enough to experiment.  But what about a state like Wyoming, where my daughter lives, with 568 million people? (Massachusett's population is 10 times bigger.)

And what about the federal law that requires hospitals to "stabilize" uninsured emergency patients?  (Before they throw them out on the street... or absorb the cost, passing it on to the rest of us.)  Is it constitutional, much less fiscally viable,  to continue burdening private parties, who can't tax,  with "unfunded mandates" of a sort that pretend to address the failure of markets, but really don't?

Here are Brooks & Collins' last statements. 

David: The final interesting question is where we go from here.

I’m just beginning to investigate this, but I’m beginning to think the Swiss health care system may be one that both parties could live with, a compromise between universal coverage and market mechanisms. Of course I’m pretending that we live in a country where the two parties try to seek common ground, which is absurd.

Gail: This already was one big compromise, David. It was basically a Republican idea to begin with, and look what happened. If this is thrown out in court, compromise will never get any traction again. Single payer! Single payer! Maybe you could have wooed me into the middle a few years ago, but no more. No more. Next time around we stop talking about complicated reforms and just go with Medicare for everybody.

Comment by Daniel Dyer on February 20, 2012 at 1:52pm

Affordable Care Act Tax Will Hurt Patients and Destroy Jobs

"Richard Foster, Medicare's chief actuary, estimates that the [2.3% medical devices] tax [in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)], along with various fees, will push national health care costs higher by $18.2 billion in 2018 and $17.8 billion in 2019.

"Economists Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Harold Furchtgott-Roth estimate that the tax could result in job losses in excess of 43,000 in an industry that employs as many as 423,000."

Go here for the full report.from NCPA.

Comment by Daniel Dyer on July 7, 2010 at 1:26pm
The Heritage Foundation's effort to repeal Obamacare can be found here.
Comment by Al Behar on May 14, 2010 at 11:24am
Over the last five years I have had a personal experience with government sponsored health care in Israel as I watched my two older brothers trying to maneuver the deadly flawed system. The eventual results were deadly - literally.
 

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